Programs of Study

Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificate programs are ideal for bachelor's degree-prepared engineers who wish to continue their studies without making the commitment of a master's program. Students may want to brush-up on new developments in their field or investigate another specialty.

Graduate Certificates

Biomedical Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
Dr. Mufeed Mah’d

Image data are of increasing importance in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology. The application of microelectronic circuitry, high performance processors, and improved algorithms based on advanced mathematics has resulted in innovative new methodologies to acquire and process image data, permitting visualization, quantification, and functional analysis of tissues and organs. 

The Biomedical Engineering Graduate Certificate is a multidisciplinary program, spanning courses in several departments in the College of Engineering including Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Plastic Engineering, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, as well as the Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology program. 

The certificate provides an excellent opportunity for educational experience to learn the principles and applications of imaging technology. It is a coordinated program of courses, seminars, and laboratory experiences jointly offered by the participating departments.

Required Courses
16.511  Medical Diagnostic Image Processing 
IB.500  Introduction to Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology 

Elective Courses
16.555 Applications of Microwaves and Lasers in Medicine
19.531 Occupational Biomechanics 
24.542 Microscopy of Advanced Materials
24.541 AFM and X-ray Diffraction Analysis of Advanced Materials
26.553 Polymers in Medicine I
26.575 Biomaterials

Communications Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Dr. Kavitha Chandra

This certificate provides a fundamental background in the understanding of information transmission, statistical properties of signals and noise, and both analog and digital modulation/demodulation techniques. Advanced topics in modern communications and the characterization of communication channels are covered in optional courses in coding, error correction, information measures, stochastic system modeling and wireless communications. The holder of the certificate will have both analytical and practical competence to contribute significantly to the design and development of new and updated communications systems.

Required Courses
16.543 Communications Theory
16.584 Probability and Random Processes

Plus one of the following
16.544 Communications Theory II
16.685 Statistical Communication Theory

Plus one of the following
16.545 Coding Theory
16.548 Information Theory
16.582 Wireless Communication
16.687 Applied Stochastic Estimation

Energy Conversion 

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Dr. Ziyad Salameh

Energy conversion is a discipline that spans across three departments: Electrical, Mechanical and Chemical & Nuclear Engineering. Interest is rising for practical applications in the housing industry to supply houses with clean sources of energy to meet electrical supply needs, as well as for space heating/ cooling. All renewable energy sources will be considered (e.g. wind energy and photovoltaics). Information about batteries, battery charging stations, battery chargers and energy conversion devices (such as rectifiers, inverters, choppers, controllers) is presented as related to the development of low emission vehicles.

Choose Four Courses:
16.515 Power Systems
16.525 Power Electronics
16.528 Alternative Energy Sources
16.529 Electric Vehicle Technology
22.521 Fundamentals of Solar Energy Engineering
22.527 Solar Energy Engineering

Integrated Engineering Systems

Applied Physics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Plastics Engineering Departments
Dr. Anh Tran

As companies increasingly undertake engineering projects that bring together a wide range of disciplines for manufacturing an integrated product, it is often necessary to assemble teams of experts in these various disciplines, and prepare managers who have a fundamental, overall understanding of several different engineering areas. The certificate is designed to respond to the need for trained professionals who are responsible for managing complex engineering systems integrating algorithms, information, software and hardware. Completion of certificate courses in areas complementary to the individual's specific training will serve as an important starting point for engineering managers (and prospective managers) who need to solve complex interdisciplinary problems at the interfaces of electrical, computer, mechanical, materials engineering, and computer science and applied physics.

The program consists of six clusters:

  1. Applied Physics
  2. Computer Engineering
  3. Computer Science
  4. Electrical Engineering
  5. Materials Engineering
  6. Mechanical Engineering

Within each cluster, there are a number of carefully selected courses ranging from introductory graduate level to more advanced, specialized electives.

Students must successfully complete four courses (12 credits), one or two of which may be taken in their area of expertise. The remaining courses must be taken in separate and different cluster areas. Courses are selected in consultation with one (or more) graduate program coordinators to best meet the student's needs in terms of background, interests, and work requirements. It may be necessary for students to take prerequisite course(s) if they do not have appropriate backgrounds for a particular cluster course.

Cluster Areas and Designated Courses:

Applied Physics
95.553 Electromagnetism I 
95.554 Electromagnetism II
95.540 Image Processing (4 credits) 
95.578 Integrated Optics: Wave Guide and Lasers 
95.535 Introduction of Quantum Mechanics I  
95.547 Laser Physics and Applications 
95.538 Physical Optics and Waves
95.577 Solid State Electronic and Opto-Electronic Devices 
95.521 Statistical Thermodynamics

Computer Engineering
16.550 Advanced Digital System Design
16.561 Computer Architecture Design
16.581 Computer Vision and Digital Image Processing
16.510 Digital Signal Processing 
16.572 Embedded Real-Time Systems
16.575 FPGA Logic Design Techniques
16.552 Microprocessors Systems II and Embedded Systems 
16.582 Network Design: Principles, Protocols, and Applications
16.573 Operating Systems and Kernel Design
16.521 Real Time DSP
16.502 VLSI Design
16.504 VLSI Fabrication

Computer Science
91.561 Computer Security I 
91.562 Computer Security II 
91.563 Data Communications I
91.564 Data Communications II  
91.549 Mobile Robots  
91.515 Operating Systems I
91.516 Operating Systems II  
91.548 Robot Design  
91.523 Software Engineering I  
91.524 Software Engineering II

Electrical Engineering
16.528 Alternative Energy Sources  
16.506 Antenna Theory and Design  
16.532 Computational Electromagnetics 
16.513 Control Systems  
16.529 Electric Vehicle Technology 
16.507 Electromagnetic Waves and Materials
16.512 Electronic Materials  
16.519 Engineering of Submicron Machines  
16.590 Fiber Optic Communications and Networks  
16.543 Theory of Communication 
16.509 Linear System Analysis  
16.505 Microwave Electronics  
16.533 Microwave Engineering 
16.515 Power Electronics  
16.584 Probability and Random Processes  
16.571 Radar Systems 
16.517 MMIC Design and Fabrication

Materials Engineering 
26.544 Advanced Plastics Materials
10.506 Interfacial Science and Engineering and Colloids  
10.507 Material Science and Engineering  
26.503 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers  
10.523 Nanodevices and Electronic Materials  
10.527 Nanomaterials Science and Engineering  
10.541 Nanostructural Characterization by SEM, TEM, and AFM  
26.518 Plastics Product Design 

Mechanical Engineering 
22.512 Applied Finite Element Analysis  
22.571 Concurrent Engineering and Quality
22.523 Cooling of Electronic Equipment  
22.574 Design for Reliability Engineering  
22.516 Experimental Modal Analysis  
22.524 Fundamentals of Acoustics  
22.575 Industrial Design of Experiments 
22.573 Manufacturing Systems Engineering  
22.591 Mechanical Behavior of Materials  
22.515 Modal Analysis- Theoretical Methods  
22.579 Robotics  
22.562 Solid Mechanics  
22.527 Solar Systems Engineering  
22.550 Vibrations

Microwave and Wireless Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Dr. Tenneti C. Rao

The certificate is open to students who have an interest in learning more about the fundamentals and engineering applications of radiowave and microwave devices and systems. Wireless technologies are of increasing importance in a variety of personal communications and control applications. The integrated set of courses offers graduate level skills and knowledge which will provide a background for those wishing to participate in this rapidly expanding field. The certificate is open to students with a bachelors degree in electrical engineering or in related disciplines such as physics or electronics engineering technology with an appropriate background in electromagnetics.

Required Courses
16.531 Radio Frequency (RF) Circuit Design
16.532 Microwave Engineering
16.582 Wireless Communications

Elective Courses (choose one)
16.506 Antenna Design
16.571 Radar System
16.618 Performance of Wireless Communication Networks


Civil & Environmental, Mechanical, Plastics Engineering Departments

Dr. Jackie Zhang

The program will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of nanotechnology and is intended to respond to the increasing demand for trained professionals in nanoscience and technology. The certificate is designed for students with a background in chemistry, physics, biology, or any branch of engineering who want nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing workforce preparation. Students may focus on a concentration area based on their interests and background. Courses in each concentration area are carefully designed to provide both analytical and practical competence. Students may take any combination from the electives list.

Core Courses - Required:
25.550 Introduction to Nanotechnology

Core Courses: (Choose one)
10.541 Nanostructural Characterization by SEM, TEM, and AFM
84.510 Electron Microscopy of Advanced Materials
84.525 Analysis of Advanced Materials

Elective Courses (choose two courses):
10.527 Nanomaterials Science and Engineering
10.506 Interfacial Science and Engineering and Colloids
22.591 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
26.513 New Plastics Materials
26.598 Smart Polymers
10.523 Electronic Materials Processing
10.535 Cell & Microbe Cultivation
10.545 Isolation & Purification of Biotech Products
16.504 VLSI Fabrication
26.502 New Plastics Processing Techniques
26.578 Advanced Polymer Processing Processing of Nanocomposites
Design and Devices Introduction to Nanoelectronics
16.502 VSLI Design
16.512 Electronic Materials
16.508 Quantum Electronics for Engineers
Health and Environmental Impacts
19.514 Aerosol Science
19.525 Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics
19.557 Toxic Use Reduction
19.610 Exposure Assessment
19.617 Measurements of Airborne Contaminants
19.503 Toxicology and Health

Photonics & Opto-Electronic Devices

Physics Deapratment and Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
Dr. James Egan
978-934-3774 / 978-934-3300

The certificate is offered jointly by the Electrical & Computer Engineering & Physics Departments and reflects the strong interests in the physics and technologies of electro-optics. Extensive research facilities include: new materials growth (molecular beam epitaxy) and device fabrication and testing laboratories.

Required Courses
95.577 Solid State Electronic & Opto-electronic Devices and
95.539 Electro-optics
16.595 Solid State Electronics and
16.568 Electro-optics

Elective Courses (choose 2):
16.508 Quantum Electronics
16.518 EMAG of Materials for Optical Engineers.
16.607 Waves in Complex Media
16.610 Optical Information Processing
95.547 Laser Physics & Applications
95.551 Fiber Optics (4 credits)
95.631 Nonlinear Optics
95.578 Integrated Optics: Wave Guides & Lasers

Stochastic System

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Dr. Oliver Ibe

This certificate provides a thorough grounding in the modeling of signals represented as random functions of time. A background in linear system theory, signal transforms and the theory of probability and random processes is given. The certificate is completed by choosing specialized courses in time series analysis, statistical communication theory or applied stochastic estimation. These courses deal with the estimation of signals and of noise using a variety of mathematical models such as likelihood and entropy based techniques, matched, adaptive and nonlinear filtering of signals. The holder of this certificate will have the analytical and practical competence to design for and evaluate probabilistic issues in communications, complex systems, and/or networks.

Required Courses
16.509 Linear Systems
16.584 Probability and Random Processes

Plus Two From:
16.684 Time Series Analysis
16.685 Statistical Communication Theory
16.687 Applied Stochastic Estimation


Computer Science Department 
Dr. Byung Kim

The graduate certificate consists of courses from both the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Departments. It is intended for students who hold a baccalaureate degree in science or engineering and who wish to concentrate on hardware/software issues pertaining to telecommunications.

Required Courses:
16.543 Introduction to Communication Theory I
91.555 Computer Networks
91.563 Data Communications I
Plus One Approved Elective

VLSI & Microlectronics

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dr. Kanti Prasad

The purpose of this certificate program is to provide essential background in solid state physical electronics and very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuit fabrication. These courses, combined with two electives, will provide a customized background to the subject but with sufficient depth in an area of choice to provide tangible useful expertise.

Required Courses: (Choose two)
16.502 VLSI Design
16.595 Solid State Electronics
16.504 VLSI Fabrication
16.508 Quantum Electronics

Plus Two From:
16.502 VLSI Design
16.505 Microwave Electronics
16.508 Quantum Electronics
16.517 MMIC Design and Fabrication
16.518 Electromagnetic Materials
16.565 Analog Devices
16.568 Electro-optical Systems Design